Many of you know that I go through A LOT of shoes. Some running shoes only last me 150 miles which means I can go through a pair of shoes in a month…I had stocked up on New Balance 905s (which were discontinued early last year) and gone through my last pair (was just over 400 miles on them) – I really needed new running shoes!
Just to up the difficulty factor I need just the right kind of shoes… minimal heel lift, light weight, and just a little extra stability to help me out on long distance runs. I don’t think my feet are that different, but I know that many shoes just don’t work for me. It can be a pain trying to return shoes and I’ve made my fair share of $100+ purchases that I couldn’t return for some reason. It’s for this reason that I don’t usually make purchases (especially of a new kind of shoe) online.
I’ve been wanting to replace the New Balance 905s for some time… and the replacement model is the New Balance 1190. I checked all the local stores and even the local New Balance store didn’t have a pair to look at… so what better time to try one of the online shoe stores?
Since I’ve never worn (or even seen this model of shoe), I needed to buy from some place that has a good return policy. Many people on twitter suggested runningwarehouse.com
Buying my first pair of shoes from the Running Warehouse
Unfortunately, there were no customer reviews or a product review… so I thought I’d try their “Shoefitr” help:
but… that didn’t work so well either:
Honestly at this point, it’s similar to what I’d expect if I bought a shoe from an online service. With more mainstream, established shoe models, I’d expect a pretty cool experience overall where this could be a major advantage of Running Warehouse over other web sites.
However, when I added them to my shopping cart – the pair of shoes was $20 cheaper than anywhere else I could find! Plus, they give an additional discount to MANY running clubs (huge list here) and I got an additional $10 off. As if $30 off and FREE shipping (and no tax because of the state I’m in) were not enough, I got several other offers just for adding the shoes to my shopping cart:
OK, Free stuff Sure thing! I added both the reusable bad and sticker. The clothing seemed like a good deal, but I didn’t need any of the other items. I got some choices for expedited shipping, but free 2 day UPS Ground shipping was fine with me.
When I got to the box itself… it was slightly jacked. It was purely cosmetic so I opened the box and found my new shoes
The materials inside the box were a little shuffled and likely not the way the manufacturer packaged them. I can’t be sure, but I suspect that they were tried on by one or two people (similar to what may happen at a physical shoe store) but in examining the shoes, they hadn’t been used outside and were still in very near mint. The shoes were what I expected and felt great when I tried them on.
Inside the box, they included a return instructions and a shipping label that is good for 60 days.
I still need to get some time in the shoes before I make a decision if I need to return them, but so far they are likely what a want/need (except for maybe the yellow laces).
Would I buy from RunningWarehouse.com again?
So, would I buy from Running Warehouse again? Yes, I am fairly satisfied with the overall experience and (ultimately) got the shoes I wanted at $30 below retail.